San Diego Community College District
Miramar College

CBTE 120 - Beginning Microsoft Word

Spring 2019

Professor: Ed Brunjes

Office: M-107A Tuesdays and Thursdays (11:00 am to 12:00 noon) by appointment. You must email in advance. I can call you if you leave your phone number and preferred times to call.

Course CRN: 04503 On-line.


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Syllabus Sections
Text and Materials
Class Resources contains references and videos on how to use MSWord
Article Reviews
Module Activities
Examinations and quizzes
Class Schedule contains assignments and due dates


Textbook and Materials:

Text Book Image ISBN-10: 1-305-87100-6
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Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course (75% or better) students will be able to:

  1. Create, format, and edit a Word document with a graphic;
  2. Create a research paper with references and sources;
  3. Create a business letter with a letterhead and table;
  4. Create a document with a title page, lists, tables, and a watermark;
  5. Use a template to create a resume and share the finished document;


The student is expected to participate in activities and communicate with the professor at least once per week by sending completed assignments, email communication, etc. Failure to communicate as expected may result in the dropping of the student from the course.
Although attendance is NOT directly calculated into the final grade, failure to attend or communicate with the professor may result in being dropped from the class.

Student Responsibilities:

Student academic behavior must be consistent with the District's Code of Conduct (Policy 3100).

If the student has an issue with an assigned grade, it is the student's responsibility to provide documentation and any additional information that supports the issue. The evaluation will be reviewed and remediation (if appropriate) will be implemented.


This page contains a number of Internet references and tutorials have been accumulated and are linked. Students are encouraged to share any useful resources that they might encounter.
Module Resources contains links to files that are used to complete many of the projects. The links are organized by Module.

Methods of Evaluation:

There will be several projects and activities required for each text module. Work for each module will have a maximum value of 100 points. After you have completed Module Two, two article reviews are required and two addtitional reviews are required along with Module 4 (four "Article Summaries" in all - refer to the section below), each summary will have a value of 25 points. Articles may be from the Internet, magazines, journals, etc. and must be at least 300 words in length.

Module Activities and Project Expectations:

The link above also leads to Module Resources (files, etc.) and expectations with respect to submissions.The Module Exercises contain activities that reinforce information presented in each of the modules. Each Module Exercise must be submitted as an attachment or attachments to an e-mail and sent via the gmail account, above. All Module Exercises are due the week after the exercises are indicated in the tentative schedule. The module requirements are listed in the Class Schedule, below. Each Module Exercise will have a value of 100 points.

Examinations and quizzes:

There are no exams scheduled for this course.

Article Reviews

The link above leads to the descriptions of each of the Article Summaries that each student will be required to complete. Four article summaries will be required prior to the end of the course. Each summary will have a value of 25 points. Note the due dates and requirements for each of the summaries.

The general class policy is that late work will have a 25% penalty; work more than 1 week late will not be accepted.

Final Grade distribution:

There are 700 possible points that you can accumulate (6 modules at 100 points each and 4 article reviews at 25 points each).
HOWEVER-- the final grade will be based on the highest point accumulation for the class (the highest score).

A - 92 to 100%
B - 85 to 91%
C - 75 to 85%
D - 65 to 75%


You are welcome to use the computer lab in M-102 on Thursdays (1:00 pm to 3:30 pm). Remember, if you use a laboratory, the laboratory environment is where people are attempting to study, focus, and create. In order to facilitate the process, conduct in the laboratory should be much the same as that of a library. If discussions are required, they should be in quiet voices. Respect should be given to those around you. No food is allowed in the laboratory. Water is permitted providing it is in an enclosed sports bottle, or like container, with positive closing capabilities. Please set all containers with liquids on the floor when not in use.

Additionally you may use the Independent Learning Center (ILC). The times for the ILC are typically posted at the ILC. No food or drinks are allowed in the ILC

Dishonesty policy:

In the event that two or more students submit duplicate assignments (projects, midterm, final or article reviews) an evaluation of 0 will be assigned to all papers in question. It is up to each student to maintain security of their work.  In the event there is a grade dispute, the student must make every reasonable attempt to resolve the issue with the professor, if the issue is still not resolvable, the issue may be taken to the department chairman, and the dean. Other Student Conduct issues and remedies as described by SDCCD Policy 3100 are included herein by reference.

Disabled Student Notice:

If you are a disabled student, you should contact me as soon as possible and contact the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) office through their e-mail DSPS can be contacted at (858)536-7212 or (619)388-7312.

Every effort has been taken to make this course accessable to all students. If you encounter a problem accessing anything in this course, please contact the professor and Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Office


Class Schedule:

The schedule is the sequence of activities that will be required through out the semester along with the due dates. Note that generally the chapter exercises are due the week after they are assigned. No late chapter assignments will be accepted unless agreed upon by Prof. Brunjes.

Please refer the Class Schedule, linked above, for due dates.